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ARRL and TAPR 21st DCC 2002

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21st ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference
September 13-15, 2002

1-Wire APRS Weather Station
by William Beals, N0XGA and Russell Chadwick KB0TVJ
Abstract: This project and resulting TAPR kit implement the necessary hardware and software to sense and display data from various low-cost I-Wire weather sensors. With the addition of a TNC and radio, it forms a complete, stand-alone APRS-compatible weather station. Weather information is also available on a 4-line by 20-character LCD. The project is designed to be easily extensible and upgradeable--even for applications that are not weather related.

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by Richard E Carter, KE1EV
Abstract: This paper describes the PIC-E-II project. It includes information gathered from various sources or researched directly using test equipment. From a high-level, it describes what a packet is, what a PIC is, and how the PIC-E-II works.

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APRSWXNET/CWOP - A Beneficial Partnership of NOAA, Amateur Radio and Other Good Citizens
by Russ Chadwick, KB0TVJ
Abstract: APRSWXNET/CWOP is a group of amateur radio operators and other citizens who have an interest in weather measurements and contribute those data to NOAA for important uses. This paper describes how the data is collected via packet radio and via the Internet. Where the data go and how they are used is also covered. Maps of the location of the data contributors for both packet radio and for the Internet are presented.

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Automatic Packet Reporting System: Building a Large Scane Geospatial Database
by James Jefferson Jarvis, KB0THN
Abstract: The purpose of my research is collecting and analyzing position data from amateur radio's Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS). APRS equipped vehicles transmit their latitude, longitude, course, and speed. This data is received via VHF radio and aggregated into the APRS Internet stream.

I designed and implemented a system that automatically collects and catalogs the entire APRS Internet stream into a relational database. Because APRS data is expressed in various formats, I wrote a parser that translates the data to a common format. My software collected more then 52,000,000 data points in 3 months.

I developed software to analyze position data. One program determines what polygon latitude / longitude points falls inside, and locates a station within a political boundary. For use in detecting roadway traffic problems, another program searches digital maps for the distance to the nearest road. Overall I wrote approximately 10,000 lines of computer source code. Currently I am investigating using neural networks to detect characterize roads and be able to detect anomalies, such as traffic jams.

Proceeding Paper

Created Realities Technology in Amateur Radio
by Greg Jones, WD5IVD
Abstract: This paper discusses the possibilities of Created Realities Technology in amateur radio. The paper discusses its use in education/learning, communications, and information presentation. The creation of meaningful 3D spaces for both communications and information presentation can add a new dimension to amateur radios presentation and teaching.

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Repeater Data Transmission System
by Peter Mudie, VK2XZP
Abstract: The paper describes a specialised data communications system. The data system has the capability of carrying low data rate information over an analogue radio channel at the same time as voice traffic. It is based on the capstone project I completed in order to receive my Bachelor of Engineering Degree.

Proceeding Paper

On Amateur Radio Use of IEEE 802.11b Radio Local Area Networks
by Paul L. Rinaldo, W4RI and John J. Champa, K8OCL
Abstract: The 2400-2450 MHz band is not only an amateur frequency allocation but is used by other services. Primarily, it's an industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) band with a center frequency of 2450 MHz. Other users of the band must accept any interference from ISM emitters.

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Emergency Radio Email (ER-Email)
by Paul Schreiber, W2UH
Abstract: This description of ER-Email is submitted to the Digital Communications Conference to solicit from this pool of experts (1) a realistic assessment its potential as an important emergency communications mode, (2) the effort required to develop it, and (3) what group or individuals are willing to develop it.

I feel very strongly that Emergency Radio-Email has the potential of becoming an important ARES/RACES emergency communications mode with a very high degree of acceptance among served agencies. The name was chosen to quickly convey to served agencies what ER-Email will do for them.

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802.11 and Ham Radio
by Darryl Smith, VK2TDS
Abstract: The price of 802.11b equipment is continuing to fall. Once retailing for hundreds of dollars, PCMCIA 802.11b cards are now retailing for under $50. These cards contain sophisticated hardware and software that rivals most ofthe digital technology used in the Ham Radio world today.

If Ham Radio is to survive in the coming years, it is areas such as 802.11b that can be used not only to attract those interested in digital communications, but also as a building block for our own networks.

In this paper I will describe some of the technology, and some of the areas that Ham Radio operators can investigate in order to extend the state of the art.

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A Software-Defined Radio for the Masses, Parts 1 and 2
by Gerald Youngblood, AC5OG
Abstract: This series describes a complete PC-based software-defined-radio that uses a sound card and an innovative detector circuit. Mathematics is minimized in the explanation. Come see how it's done.

Come learn how to use a PC sound card to enter the wonderful world of digital signal processing.

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